First DLC Skullgirls character was 1/3 complete before team disbanded, XBLAFans article talks creation of Lab Zero, Slightly Different patch and more

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • January 14, 2013 at noon PST
First DLC Skullgirls character was 1/3 complete before team disbanded, XBLAFans article talks creation of Lab Zero, Slightly Different patch and more XBLAFans put together an excellent article that divulges the details on why the Skullgirls team was let go and how the initial creation of Lab Zero games came to be.

This post also doubles as an interview with CEO of Lab Zero Games, Peter Bartholow, and he gives quite a bit of insight on what's been going on since last June regarding Skullgirls.

“Lab Zero just…kind of happened,” he told XBLAFans today via email. “The team was going to lunch one day, and [was] frustrated with the situation, and I just kind of blurted out, ‘What if I made a new studio and we all went there?’ Much to my surprise (and horror), people said, ‘Yes, do that,’ so…I was kind of stuck.”

Bartholow’s big mouth had gotten him stuck with a new studio and the new title of CEO, one that he says “doesn’t feel ‘real’” even now, months later. It was real enough for Autumn, however; the publisher wanted the game’s original creators to be the ones to use one last continue at the game over screen that would have inspired less-dedicated developers to put the controller down and walk away. There was work to be done on a gargantuan patch, and Lab Zero was the only choice for the job.

Bartholow also dropped an interesting bit of info saying that the first DLC character for Skullgirls was 1/3 complete before the team was dropped.

“We all really want to make DLC characters, but it’s expensive and time-consuming. The first mysterious character was about 1/3rd complete when we were laid off. But between the attach rate for DLC and the loss of momentum caused by the drama, recouping the development costs or profiting seem difficult.”

Be sure to check out the full article over on XBLAFans as there is a ton of ground covered.

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